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Choosing an Alcohol Treatment Program

Recovering from an alcohol addiction can be difficult, but remission is possible with the right treatment program. Choosing the best program to suit your needs is critical to a full recovery. There are many different alcohol treatment programs offered in Montgomery County. Helpguide.org publishes this webpage that describes  the types of alcohol treatment programs and how to find an alcohol treatment program in the U.S.

The Department of Health and Human Services Screening and Assessment Services for Children and Adolescents (SASCA) Service assesses individual needs and provides information about potential treatment options.

Adventist Health Care Behavioral Health and Wellness Services offers both an Adult and Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program for Chemical Dependency. These programs offer specialized treatment based around a 12-step program to recovery. Individual sessions are included in the program to increase motivation and provide for each participants specific needs.

Suburban Hospital Addiction Treatment Center offers both outpatient and inpatient programs for those recovering from alcohol abuse and addiction.

Choosing a Drug Treatment Program

The process of overcoming a substance addiction is difficult, but not impossible. Each person requires a slightly different treatment plan in order to fully recover and get back to living a healthy life. There are many resources available to find the best drug treatment program for your needs or the needs of your loved one  Helpguide.org publishes this webpage with useful information on they types of programs available, and tips on how to choose an appropriate program.

The Department of Health and Human Services Screening and Assessment Services for Children and Adolescents (SASCA) Service assesses individual needs and provides information about potential treatment options.

Adventist Health Care Behavioral Health and Wellness Services offers both an Adult and Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program for Chemical Dependency. These programs offer specialized treatment based around a 12-step program to recovery. Individual sessions are included in the program to increase motivation and provide for each participants specific needs.

Suburban Hospital Addiction Treatment Center offers both outpatient and inpatient programs for those recovering from substance abuse and addiction.

NCEA’s “Mistreatment of African American Elders”

The National Center for Elder Abuse (NCEA) provides this Research to Practice Brief  summarizes recent research findings related to the mistreatment of African American elders, particularly involving financial exploitation and psychological abuse. General cultural beliefs, views, and norms within the African American community offer both risk and protective factors that influence elder abuse in this population. Although all elderly adults are more vulnerable to crime to begin with, socioeconomic variables, such as poverty, institutionalized racism, and structural segregation place African American elders at an even higher risk.

According to the brief, these are 3 takeaways

  • There is limited research on elder abuse and neglect for the African American population.
  • Elder abuse in the African American community is influenced by risk factors and protective factors that span from the individual level to the community level.
  • Compared to their non-African American counterparts, African Americans are disproportionately impacted by financial exploitation and psychological mistreatment.

Adult Protective Services investigates instances of abuse, neglect, and exploitation and provides professional aid to victims. Call 240-777-3000 for help or more information.

Announcing 2016 Community Food Rescue mini-grant recipients

Community Food Rescue is  excited to share this year’s recipients of the CFR mini-grants, awarded to non-profit organizations to build their capacity to distribute recovered food to their clients. Thanks to the generous funding of Montgomery County’s DHHS, The Mead Family Foundation, and Burness, the review committee awarded $60,000 to eleven agencies. You can read this blog post   http://bit.ly/2016CFRminigrants for all the details. 

Maryland Passes New Immigration Protection Law

This new law is a major victory for the immigrant rights movement, as it explicitly criminalizing threats to expose an undocumented Marylander’s immigration status by other individuals, such as unethical employers, as a manner of stealing wages, labor, and other items of value. The law will protect immigrants in Maryland from these harmful acts, and in certain cases may qualify an immigrant for a U visa, which conveys a lawful immigration status to victims of a set of qualifying crimes.  Maryland joins California, Colorado, and Virginia as the only other states with similar laws to protect undocumented immigrants. More information about the new law can be found here

A Guide to Disability Rights Laws

Know your rights: the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the comprehensive, wide-ranging civil rights law enacted in 1990, protects people with disabilities from discrimination in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, transportation, and telecommunications. The ADA defines someone with a disability as a person with a physical or mental impairment that limits one or more life activities, a person with a history of such impairments, or a person that is perceived by others to have such an impairment. A full guide to the ADA and other Disability Rights Laws is available here.

The Abilities Network provides customized services to children, adults, and families with differing abilities. Contact 1.800.492.2523 for more information about their programs and services.

Maryland Early Childhood Career Guide

The Maryland Early Childhood Career Guide is now available.  This guide, developed by the Maryland Department of Education,  provides an overview of careers in early childhood education in Maryland, including jobs available, job responsibilities, educational requirements and recommendations, and potential job settings. Information about financial assistance is also provided. There are a number of different paths that can be taken to a career in early childhood education; visit the guide for more information. 

Zero to Three: Challenging Behaviors

As young children are just beginning to develop self-control, challenging behavior is common and expected in the years from birth to three. Teaching your children how to control and calmly express their emotions from a young age will benefit their behavior in the long run. If you are a parent feeling overwhelmed by your child’s behavior, help is available. To find services that best fit the needs of your family, contact Childlink at 240-777-4769. For online resources for your child, aged  zero to three year old, visit https://www.zerotothree.org/.

FYI: Programs in our Community

Parent Encouragement Program: Through parent education classes, PEP helps parents of toddlers to learn how to create the best home environment for their children.

Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers Program: Early intervention services are provided to families with young children who may have developmental or special needs.

Maryland Elder Abuse Prevention/ APS

Adult Protective Services (APS) is a program that serves adults, 18 and over, who are in a situation of vulnerability and either at risk of, or experiencing, exploitation and harm.  They investigate situations of suspected abuse and provide professional services designed to protect the wellbeing of vulnerable adults. There are a variety of types of abuse and neglect that warrant a report being made to Adult Protective Services, and an APS intake worker will assess each situation and determine if it necessitates intervention by APS. If you believe you or an elderly loved one are being abused or neglected, APS can be contacted at 240-777-3000.

Social Services to Adults (SSTA) is another similar program offered through the Department of Health and Human Services that attempts to reduce incidences of abuse, neglect, self-neglect, or exploitation and provides short-term case-management. Adults seeking help from SSTA can call 240-777-3000.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Alzheimer’s Disease is the most prevalent form of dementia, a brain disease that severely impacts everyday life due to memory loss and chemical and structural changes of the brain. More than 50% of adults over the age of 85 have Alzheimer’s disease. Although it is normal for older adults to experience some level of forgetfulness, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can cause complete memory loss. This can be extremely frightening for both the dementia patient and their loved ones. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease besides memory impairment can include mood swings, withdrawal, and more time spent sleeping. If treated early, Alzheimer’s can be manageable for a longer period of time. It is important for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients and their families to have an emotional support system. In-home caregivers may be a good option for anyone dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. FYI: Programs in our Community 

Alzheimer’s Association: National Capital Area Chapter: Provides care and support to those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia. For more information, call 1-800-272-3900.

Holy Cross Hospital Medical Adult Day Center: Structured activities are offered daily to seniors looking for medical, rehabilitative, social, and recreational programs while continuing to live at home.

 
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